Whether hunting with a camera or with a firearm, the three county area around Philpott Lake supports an abundance of deer, turkey, and small game. By employing sound cooperative management techniques with VDGIF, the deer and turkey populations have dramatically increased resulting in extended seasons and liberal bag limits. Because regulations, licensing requirements, and seasons may vary, it is recommended that you contact the VDGIF at their Richmond, Virginia office when planning your hunt.

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Fishermen at Philpott Lake enjoy pursuing a variety of species including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish, walleye, catfish, and carp.

Below the Dam in the Smith River, fishing enthusiasts will find stocked rainbow and wild brown trout. From the child with a cane pole, a hook, and a can of worms, to the fly fisherman with sophisticated, expensive equipment, everyone will find peace and enjoyment while fishing the waters of Philpott Lake and the Smith River. Fishing regulations vary, such as those governing special regulation and stocked trout waters, so we recommend that you contact the VDGIF when planning your trip.  In addition, Smith River fishermen are encouraged to check the TENTATIVE power generation schedule by calling the recording at (276) 629-2432 before going fishing. During periods of power generation, Smith River waters rise and become swift and turbulent.